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Propertius, Greek Myth, and Virgil: Rivalry, Allegory, and Polemic

Peter J. Heslin


This book develops a new interpretation of Propertius’ use of Greek myth and of his relationship to Virgil, working out the implications of a revised relative dating of the two poets’ early works. It begins by examining from an intertextual perspective all of the mythological references in the first book of Propertius. Mythological allegory emerges as the vehicle for a polemic against Virgil over the question of which of them would be the standard-bearer for Alexandrian poetry at Rome. Virgil began the debate with elegy by creating a quasi-mythological figure out of Cornelius Gallus, and Prope ... More

Keywords: Propertius, Virgil, Gallus, Ennius, myth, exemplarity, intertextuality, elegy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199541577
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199541577.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter J. Heslin, author
Reader in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University

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